Nobel prizewinning author Gabriel García Márquez is reportedly suffering from senile dementia. According to the prize winner’s brother, Jaime, the dementia has been provoked by the author’s battle with cancer:
“Dementia runs in our family and he’s now suffering the ravages prematurely due to the cancer that put him almost on the verge of death. Chemotherapy saved his life, but it also destroyed many neurons, many defenses and cells and accelerated the process.”
Meanwhile Jaime Abello, director of the Gabriel García Márquez New Journalism Foundation has denied the report, saying: “He is a man of 85 with the normal signs of his age.”
His brother maintains that Márquez is unable to write due to his condition, which unfortunately excludes the possibility of him finishing his autobiography Vivir para contrarla in English: “Living to Tell the Tale.”
Regardless of diagnosis, Márquez has not written after his novel Memories of My Melancholy Whores (Memoria de mis putas tristes).
Márquez is a well-known and influential author. His novel One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of the most universally recognized and influential pieces of literature today.